Top 5 Common Causes of Water Leaks

We all trust our plumbing system will function without any problems or leaks. Unfortunately, sometimes that isn’t the case. Leaking pipes is one of the most common plumbing issues homeowners face. Leaks can waste water, damage homes, and encourage unwanted growth. Sadly, because you can’t see most of the pipework in your home, you might not realize a leak has formed. We’ve come up with the top five most common causes of water leaks so you can know what to do to avoid future leaks.

Poor Installation

Depending on how your plumbing system was installed on your property, failure to compact the soil before construction could cause pipes to crack or break, resulting in leaks that could worsen over time. 

Broken Seals

When appliances are installed, contractors use seals around all water connectors to ensure there’s no leakage. As your appliances get older, broken or worn out seals can occur and leaks can happen. If you notice liquid or a puddle around an appliance, you probably have a broken seal.

Clogged Pipes

Clogged drains and pipes always happen at the most inconvenient times. Sometimes when pipes become clogged they may cause pipes to overflow, crack, and break which can cause leaks to form. 

Root Intrusion 

Your plumbing system consists of pipes running into and out of your home buried underneath the earth. These pipes that are buried can be susceptible to invasive tree roots which can cause pipe joints to separate, crack, and even break causing leakage into the soil. 


Rust and other forms of corrosion are almost inevitable when it comes to having an older plumbing system and can eat away at the pipes. If you notice any forms of corrosion or discoloration on your pipes, call us to assess the damage right away. 

It’s essential to pay attention to the way your plumbing system performs. If you notice an increase in your water bill, a weird smell around a drain, or even a change in water flow, contact 911 Plumbing in Myrtle Beach for a damage assessment! We’re here for you 24/7 at (843)-712-1911!